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post #1 of 9 Old 06-23-2009, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Loose knee

I'm not sure if there is a term for it, but my knee is loose. I notice people being told not to pinch at the knee and keep those heels down. Well my heels stay down no problem, its almost natural, but maybe a bit too far. And my right knee continually loses contact with the horse/saddle.

So is this just a strength issue? My ankle no longer hurts. I think it had something to do with it not being warmed up, and my muscle backfired. But now my knee just won't stay put. My other leg is fine.

Oh, btw for those interested, my new instructor is amazing! So understanding and helpful and wants to start me off slowly. She had me on a lunge! And the horse I'm on is great. She's not a typical school horse, she is very well trained and responds to light cues. I barely have to squeeze to get her to go. And to stop, I sink back and maybe give a teensy half halt! Love it!
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I don't have any. When I sit in the saddle, my knee loses contact. Then my leg just generally goes all over the place.

I will see about getting pictures next time I ride.
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post #5 of 9 Old 06-24-2009, 11:35 PM
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Maybe think about keeping your toes forward? I need to see pictures and unfortunately you have none.

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My toe is forward. Other than my knee not being anywhere near the saddle, I'm fine. The more I try to wrap my legs the worse my knee juts out.
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post #7 of 9 Old 06-25-2009, 12:18 PM
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Concentrate on gripping with your calves. You don't want your toe too far out or the knee is lost. It sounds like you point your toe out too much. It should be out a little but not much. The knee is not what keeps your leg from moving around, it's your calf.

I would ask your instructor. You seem to like her a lot. She might be able to help more since she can see you.
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Thanks everyone, but without pictures I suppose it is too hard to help with. My calf is fine, my toes are fine, my knee just will not stay put, which screws the rest of me up.

I'll figure it out.
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-12-2009, 10:56 AM
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I push my heals down too much, and it makes my ankles hurt, that might've been your problem. grip with your knees but keep your weight balanced so don't put all your weight there :)

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